[Special Screenings] Local Showings of 'Breaking Away,' ' Cry-Baby,' 'Hero' and More

Movie of the Week:

Breaking Away
Peter Yates’ 1979 sleeper hit stars Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern and Jackie Earle Haley as four Indiana teenagers not doing much after high-school graduation. Dave (Christopher) has become a dedicated, Italian-obsessed bicycle racer who tries hard to stay true to his childhood friends as they clash with college students from nearby Indiana University. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6595; www.themuck.org. Mon., 9 p.m. $5.

Also Showing:

Back to the Future
Average mid-’80s teenager Marty McFly travels back in time to preserve the fabric of his reality in this tremendous hit from Robert Zemeckis. The movie will be projected on the outside wall of the historic Fox Theater. Fox Fullerton Theater, 500 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 870-0069; www.foxfullerton.org. Thurs., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Liza Minnelli, Joel Gray and Michael York star in Bob Fosse’s adaptation of the stage musical about love and performance in Weimar, Germany. Bay Theatre, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988; www.baytheatre.com. Sun., 6 p.m.; Mon. & Wed., 8 p.m. $5-$8.

Nobody does camp like John Waters. With a gloriously freakish flourish, the pencil-thin-mustachioed director twists the done-and-done-again tale of star-crossed lovers by setting the story in the ’50s and adding a heaping dose of raunchy humor. Released in 1990, Cry-Baby shows a young Johnny Depp in one of his early weird-yet-still-totally-hot roles as a bad-boy greaser in love with a preppy rich girl played by Amy Locane. Of course, neither the enamored teen’s friends nor family approve. Thanks to a brilliant cast (Iggy Pop and Ricki Lake also grace the screen) and off-the-wall style, this generic story line was turned into a cult classic. (Erin DeWitt) Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave, Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $10.

Dazed and Confused
Richard Linklater helmed this before-they-were-stars-studded cult classic about coming of age in 1976 Texas. Regency Rancho Niguel Cinemas, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-4359; www.regencymovies.com. Thurs., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. Call for cost.

Don’t Tell
A young Italian woman facing an unexpected pregnancy suffers strange nightmares that result in a visit to her brother living in the U.S. and disclosures about their unsettling adolescence. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Thurs., Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. $10.

First Emperor of China
The first documentary footage of Qin Shi Huang’s life-size Terra Cotta Army, constructed 2,200 years ago for his tomb. The imperial system he created has endured for thousands of years, proving to be the world’s most durable political structure. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free.

Jet Li stars in Zhang Yimou’s martial-arts epic that tells the legend of a fearless warrior who rises up to defy an empire and unite a nation. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Wed., 1:30 p.m. $7; members, $5.

The Pursuit
This Aaron Lieber film stars local world-class surfer Brett Simpson, among others. Regency Charter Center Cinemas, 7822 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 596-3456; www.regencymovies.com. Thurs., Sept. 11, 7 & 9 p.m. $3.

SoCal Independent Film Festival
The city of Huntington Beach is hosting an extensive series of independent films for this five-day event. For a complete schedule, including show times and prices, visit the website. Huntington Beach Public Library Theater, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, (800) 714-5976; www.socalfilmfest.com. Tues.-Sun., Sept. 9-14.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The discovery of a cache of gold in Central Mexico threatens to destroy the partnership between three hardened prospectors in this John Huston film starring Humphrey Bogart. Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.

Winged Migration
The beautiful, fascinating world of birds is examined in this skillfully filmed French documentary. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, (714) 667-1517; www.occca.org. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Mail your press releases (and a videotape or disc, if available) to Special Screenings, OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701-7417. Or send e-mail to tchild@ocweekly.com. All materials must be received at least two weeks before the screening.

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